Ms. Margaret Hanson-Muse

Department of Commerce Chair

Department of Commerce Chair

Eisenhower School

Maggie Hanson-Muse is a second generation Senior Foreign Service Officer. She is a member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Governance Committee and has served in an ex-oficio capacity on the boards of AmCham Singapore, Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia and the Colombian Council of American Enterprises.  Before joining the Foreign Service, she worked as an entrepreneur and as a manager at Allstate Insurance, General Electric, and Sprint. She facilitated the launch of five WCD chapters and currently mentors students at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh to advance personal and professional diversity goals.

Maggie joined the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University as the Agency Chair for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She teaches Leadership, Industry Analytics and supports the Global Agility Industry Study Seminar. Previously, she was Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs – ASEAN responsible for trade policy, promotion, and administrative operations for seven U.S. Commercial Service (CS) posts, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) located in:  Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  These offices also supported the activities of the US Trade and Development (USTDA), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and EXIM Bank.

Ms. Hanson-Muse began her CS career in Mexico City then moved to Cote d’Ivoire where she supported the bilateral, the African Development Bank, and West African regional programs. Her two CS India assignments moved her into post operations management, market research and supervision of the interagency U.S. Asian-Environmental Partnership program. Her programs led to new partnerships in the area of standards, FCPA, good governance and diversity. She actively incorporated social media into CS programs to expand their reach.

As the Senior Commercial Officer in Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia, in addition to trade promotion work, Maggie worked with the department’s Market Access and Compliance division and the interagency on three free trade agreements (FTAs).  She extended CS programs to second tier cities working with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), municipalities and universities to implement business integrity programs or to establish AmCham branch offices. She supported the U.S. Department of Defense on multiple Foreign Military Sales (FMS) projects. She pinpointed shortcomings of the arbitration legal framework that led to changes in the investment chapter of two pending FTAs and the development of the “Arbitration Guide for U.S. Exporters in Colombia” and developed similar publications for India and Singapore.  In Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia, she appeared frequently on Spanish-language TV, live radio broadcasts or in the print media promoting CS programs or discussing the benefits of free trade, governance or diversity issues.  She worked on comprehensive Arbitration and IPR training workshops for judicial and Customs officials and published Ambassador’s IPR toolkits in Peru, Colombia and five ASEAN countries. 

Ms. Hanson-Muse is a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University with B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies and earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She completed an Executive Certificate in Impact Investing: Financing the Sustainable Development Goals from the IIX Institute of Singapore. She is fluent in Spanish and French.  The Commerce Department, State Department, Colombian Government, the private sector, and WCD have recognized her with multiple awards.  She enjoys reading, scuba diving, astronomy and horseback riding and has two married daughters.